Disneyland is very wheelchair friendly. There are two theme parks to visit, both of which are wheelchair accessible.
Are you looking for wheelchair-accessible Disneyland rides? Keep reading for our seven favorite picks!
Wheelchair Accessible Rides at Disneyland
Some rides in Disneyland have ramps to allow people using wheelchairs to board and enjoy the massive attractions around the park. Others will require you to transfer.
Here are our top picks to check out when you visit:
Disneyland Railroad -Main Street, New Orleans Across Tomorrowland
The Disneyland Railroad is the first thing you see when you enter the park. It is an 18-minute round-trip of Disneyland with stations in Main Street, New Orleans Square, Mickey's Toontown, and Tomorrowland. The three trains work simultaneously, so the downtime is relatively minimal. You can take the train to get to different lands or relax and ride around the park.
You also get to pass through Splash Mountain and some canyon dioramas. The dinosaur diorama can be loud, dark, and startling to some guests. Every point in the three stops is wheelchair accessible apart from Main Street, which does not have a ramp.
Disneyland Monorail -Tomorrowland Across Downtown Disney
Disneyland Monorail is a great way to sneak into Tomorrowland when the park opens to get on Space Mountain. Enjoy the 13-minutes ride in a zero-emission and high-speed ride. It goes right through California Adventure Park to the end of Downtown Disney, making it easy to get to the Disneyland hotel and paradise pier.
You get wheelchair accessibility at both points of embarking and disembarking. In Tomorrowland, you will need to use more energy to power your wheelchair up the steep incline. The ramp is steep and long but shouldn't stop you from enjoying this attraction.
Mark Twain Riverboat in Frontierland
Enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and cruise aboard the Mark Twain riverboat around America's rivers. The ship is wheelchair accessible, and a cast member will help you embark first onboard the vessel before other guests when the boat is level with the dock.
It is a 13-minutes ride that’s quite enjoyable and calm for any age. The passage narrates all you see as you move along the river.
If you are in a wheelchair during disembarking, you will disembark last to allow the boat to rise again to meet the dock evenly.
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland
One of the exciting places you need to visit, Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, is a musical-filled dark room with over 225 audio-animatronic birds. It's very entertaining for adults and children alike.
The building is wheelchair accessible at several locations since there is an entry ramp to the left of the stairs and at the exit.
Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island in Frontierland
Pirates Lair on Tom Swayer's Island is most suitable if you are looking for adventure. Both kids and adults can hop in though kids are more likely to enjoy it. You will embark on a log raft and travel across the Rivers of America, then take a stroll in the footsteps of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
If in a wheelchair, you will be the first to embark on the raft and the last to exit. If you do not want to disembark, you can still take a round trip on the raft. While on the island, there are many EVC and wheelchair-accessible pathways. There are also wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. The island has inclines, bridges, dirt trails, and a few passages that may be inaccessible.
Jungle Cruise in Adventureland
One of the best classic rides at Disneyland is the Jungle Cruise, and you can remain in your wheelchair while you ride. There is a power lift to get your wheelchair onto the boat.
Jungle Cruise is an exhilarating journey with a guided tour from a friendly Skipper.
You will most likely need the help of a cast member, so check in with one of them near the exit before you embark on the ride so that they can assist you in getting right on the ride.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Critter Country
Winnie the Pooh is such a cute and fun ride! It takes you through the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh and his friends as they navigate the challenges of a day when the east wind traded places with the west wind.
The ride is slightly bumpy, so you need to be careful, especially if you dislike shaking movements. Also, the Heffalumps scenes and the storm might frighten younger children.
To get to the ride, you have to use the standard queue like everyone else. Once inside, you can request an accessible ride vehicle from a Cast member.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wheelchair Accessibility Rides at Disneyland
Is There Signage for People Using Wheelchairs in Disneyland?
Yes. There are symbols and signs to help you navigate and make things easier. Watch out for signs and symbols displayed at the entrances of every ride. They indicate the type of appropriate wheelchair for the ride. Some will tell you to remain in your wheelchair or Electronic Conveyance Vehicle.
Can I Bring My Wheelchair to Disneyland?
You can bring your wheelchair or ECV to Disneyland.
Can I Stay in My Wheelchair if I Cannot Transfer?
Yes. A few rides allow you to stay in your wheelchair or ECV. The Disneyland map shows the rides you can board while in your wheelchair. Also, at the entrances of most rides, signs or symbols indicate whether to transfer or not.
Is It Safe to Leave My Wheelchair at Disneyland While I Ride?
It is safe to leave or park your wheelchair or ECV while riding. To make things easy, park in designated areas only and secure the keys if it is an ECV. Avoid leaving valuables in the wheelchair or ECV.
Is There a Map of Disneyland for People With Disabilities?
Yes. A Disneyland map for people with different disabilities is available. You can use it to locate services around Disneyland. The map also enables you to identify accessible attractions and rides during a trip and when planning a visit.
Disneyland Resort also has a downloadable copy of the map, particularly for people with disabilities. You can also access a free hard copy when you visit City Hall Disneyland next to the Firehouse.
Can I Rent a Wheelchair or ECV at Disneyland?
Yes. There are wheelchairs and ECVs at Disneyland that you can rent. You require to meet the following conditions to rent:
- Be 18 years and above
- A photo ID
- Deposit fee
It will help if you arrive about 30 minutes before the opening time. You cannot reserve a wheelchair or ECV in advance.
Where Can I Park My Wheelchair Van?
There are accessible parking lots at every theme park for wheelchair vans to ensure short distances between the park and your car. Only vehicles with valid disability permits can park in the disability parking lot.
The Toy Story Lot offers a short distance walk for anyone wishing to rent a wheelchair or an ECV. It also provides a parking lot for accessible vehicles for transporting guests to Disneyland.
The Mickey and Friends Structure also has disabled parking, but Toy Story Lot is more accessible if you do not have your wheelchair or ECV and wish to rent. It is closer to the rental yard.
The parking structures have disabled parking and wheelchair-accessible parking trams, but you will need to travel a short distance to get to them.
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